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Historic Mizner-style villa off Flagler Drive opens doors for Red Cross fundraiser By Barbara Marshall – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Published in: Palm Beach Post Published: February 2014 Three reasons to see this year’s Red Cross Designers’ Show House: 1. The house: Designers have transformed a piece of West Palm Beach history. This Mizner-style 1925 Mediterranean Revival home near the Intracoastal Waterway, off South Flagler Drive, offers a look at mostly original 1920s South Florida architecture. This is the second time “Ville delle Palme” has opened its cypress doors as a show house; the first was in 1994 under different owners. Mizner-style villa This photo: Front exterior of Red Cross Show House located at 124 Churchill Road in West Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins) 2. The fantasy: Get a close-up look at the work of 16 of the area’s top interior and landscape designers. For a Florida color scheme that skirts cliches, check out Jennifer Garrigues’ raspberry-and-citrus green living room, with its touches of exoticism (that’s a faux tiger fur rug, by the way.) The beauty of the traditional study, designed by co-design chair Stephen Mooney, is that it doesn’t look designed. “We wanted it to look as if it developed over time,” said Mooney of the room he filled with cozy seating, 19th and 20th century landscapes (some from his own collection) and a sprinkling of different fabric patterns. “It’s all about scale,” he said. Scott Robertson created a pacific green-and-cream guest bedroom as calming as a cup of tea, while Joseph Pubillones revved up the small Florida room with large-scale art and furniture. “Large furniture makes a small room look bigger,” he said. 022514-scene-lede-Red-cross-showhouse-3 This photo: Main room of Red Cross Show House located at 124 Churchill Road in West Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post) Lost husbands will likely be found lounging on the hanging bed Krista Watterworth, who has worked on TV’s “The Vanilla Ice Project” and “Restaurant: Impossible,” placed on one end of the Old Florida-style L-shaped loggia. If you’re looking for drama, check out Piper Gonzalez’ bright green-and-indigo guest bedroom and Melody Smith’s startling black-and-floral powder room. 3. The shopping: Susan Angert of Susan’s Jewelry again brings fun tropical jewelry to the show house boutique, along with hats, bags and other exterior decoration.


DETAILS What: Red Cross Show House Where: “Ville delle Palme,” 124 Churchill Road, West Palm Beach When: Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m., through March 22. Admission: $35 Info: 561-650-9133